Disecting a news article with scientific humanities in mind

Here is an article that appeared Today on my social feeds, regarding the problem of drought throughout California, and how might Technology play a role in fix it.

“Dear World: here are some drought fixes. Love, California” 

Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/dear-world-drought-fixes-love-california/

Places & Events: California and its more than 3 years long drought. The “Developing World” with its drought problems affecting as much as 1.5 billion people. Los Angeles and its exemplary waste of water situations.

Organizations: The Caltech’s Resnick Institute

Stakeholders with different interests: Government Officials, Farmers and Citizens

Individuals: “Water-hawk Governor” of California Jerry Brown (their way of calling it), “megafarmer” Stewart Resnick (supporter of the “Resnick Institute”), Neil Fromer (director of Resnick Institute)

Views of the world: A “technology-driven” approach to endure drought through data and optimization VS. a more “policy-driven” approach for enduring drought by regulating usage of farmers and citizens.

So, the article shows, in my view, and interesting example of how politics can be interweaved in the middle of science reporting. It assumes that all the policies by California are somewhat wrong, but provides very little evidence to support this claims (which, might be true, surely).

I can also see some “power relations” playing a role in how a “megafarmer” (according to the article) is actually one of the main funders of the institute that is being highlighted. This is a clear exemplification of translation, by which the institute directors is surely having some detours due to its interactions with a stakeholders who is interested in not having so many limitations in its usage of water.

This is what comest to mind now. More will come in the comments.

As of other posts related to this subject, I can see it connected to the post on Climate Change, by  Jose Acacio de Barros and also that on the same topic by Katie Esmonde.

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